The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have today announced the publication of a jointly-prepared draft document. The draft, entitled State of the art on the initiatives and activities relevant to risk assessment and risk management of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors, has been released for public consultation.
The report collates the activities of a number of countries and international bodies since 2009, as well as providing a brief overview of 'scientific reviews addressing risk assessment of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors'. Having assessed these, the document highlights that the statement made by the FAO/WHO expert meeting in 2009, that 'current risk assessment approaches were suitable to assess nanomaterials and nanotechnologies used in food', is still valid and supported by expert agencies and institutions. It did, however, state that it could not be concluded whether 'product ideas are just concepts or are already resulting in exposure of consumers to food being produced with nanotechnology/nanomaterials at any significant rate', due to the lack of information related to new products.
As this document is a draft for public review, commenting is available; the deadline for responses the 30th November 2012. The NIA intends to provide comments to the draft and will collect the view of its Members in an NIA consultation process that will be announced later this summer.
Follow this link to read the full FAO/WHO report.